Am I the only one wondering what to do about all the “Build a writer platform!” “Don’t waste your writing time!” “Tweet, tweet, tweet!” “Get off social media and write!” noise constantly raging in my head?
Every time I dive into the online pool, it’s fun and noisy and addictive, and tiring as hell, and I end up swearing to myself I won’t let it eat up my precious writing time ever again. Yet every time I take a break (for whatever reason), I feel as though I’m being left behind like a mangy puppy in the wake of a colorful caravan. Getting back up and running is hard as hell. I’m dizzy just trying to check on all the blogs I haven’t read, let alone wake up the
And then there are all my favorite authors whose shiny auras seem to sparkle like mirages in the distance. They don’t blog often, don’t tweet all the time, don’t try to “build a following”. What they do is write good books. (And yeah, I know I can’t afford to rely solely on that since I’m neither a genius nor famous yet, shut up.)
Some of the more talkative ones have blogs about new technological advances, political issues, social conundrums and publishing matters, and they glow with professionalism and strong opinions. Can I do the same? Mneah. I can’t blog about science or politics, or fight on the front of the sexism-in-fiction war. Not that I don’t care about any of that, far from it, I just don’t feel I can contribute anything worth your time and mine.
Everything scientific I come in contact with is immediately warped into science-fiction in my mind; politics leaves me cold; and social prejudices are very distant from my actual, real life. I’m not a victim of sexism, don’t witness any bullying where I live, and don’t have to deal with ignorant bigots on a daily basis, so I don’t have reason to get my panties in a twist. However, I think those who actively fight for gender equality in the fiction writing industry, and against ignorance and prejudices, are real heroes, but I’m not one of them. Don’t think so. Not yet. I don’t feel it’s right for me to get all riled up about things I have no first-hand experience in. I can support those who do, instead, and I do that wholeheartedly.
And what about fiction writing as the eternal go-to topic for writer/bloggers? I think it’s somehow the only viable topic for a yet-unpublished writer like moi. Fellow writers are awesome, and I love you guys for all the support and camaraderie you’re offering. And I could talk about writing all my life and not get bored, so there’s that. But is it enough? What does blogging about writing do in terms of creating this online writer persona that’s apparently still required to persuade gatekeepers and readers you’re worthy?
And what to do about being rusty?
Ease comes with practice.
And oh, how I hate that truth. 😀
At least I’m ripe enough not to let those SEO gurus and platform maniacs convince me I have to sell my soul and buy premium plugins and hoards of followers to even count. I’m not interested in numbers. I’m interested in quality interaction, and the ROI that only practicing my voice can bring — a smooth, recognizable, personal style. (I’d wish…)
How do you guys deal with this constant demand to have an honorable, worth-while writer platform?
Do you blog (how often)? Do you tweet (how on Earth do you manage to evade the spamvalanche?) Do you use any other social media tool?
What is it that truly gets you “out there”? Your public persona, or your writing?